As an avid fisher for 20 years, Mike Martin has his fair share of stories. Many fishers can tell talesÂ of the one that got away, but Martinâ€™s latest yarn is all about the one he reeled in earlier this month on Lake St. Clair, just north of Detroit, Michigan.
â€œBasically, I was doing what I always do, trying to catch perch, and I thought I had a big perch on. Um,Â definitely not a perch,â€ Martin told WDIV News, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.
Indeed not. On his hook was a 15-inch-long (38-centimeter-long) goldfish that tipped the scales at 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms). Compare that to an averageÂ aquarium goldfish that generally measures just a few inchesâ€”their breeds come in a wide variety of sizesâ€”and it doesnâ€™t take long to figure out that this whopper of a fish is going to need a bigger bowl.
That begs the question: What exactly is a goldfish, and how can they get so freakishly big?